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Is Your Faith a Dead or Living Faith?

I want to ask two questions: Do you have a faith from which you live? And is that faith a dead faith or a living faith? There are many who have an intellectual understanding of some kind of faith, but it is a dead faith which does not animate or exert influence in their daily lives. There are also many who have a living faith, which daily supplies their lives with power and direction.

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Meet Bob Dale: Mentor/Coach in Residence

My vision as a Minister in Residence is to provide personalized ministry resources for leaders and churches.  Two heads are better than one, as the old saying goes. I serve as “a guide by the side” for leaders, walking with them as they face challenges and clarify their next steps.

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BGAV Mission Council Meets to Discuss Needs and Strategies

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, the BGAV Mission Council spent the day at Eagle Eyrie in Lynchburg at their annual spring meeting to dialogue with each other and elected officers about the triumphs and challenges of their churches across the Commonwealth. Several BGAV staff members were also present for discussions and times of sharing.

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BGAV College Scholarship Recipient: Tyler Miller

Through Cooperative Missions offerings, the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) provides scholarships and ministerial education funds for eligible Virginia Baptist students who need aid in financing their education. BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds can help students earn an undergraduate degree, pursue undergraduate or graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry, or access training and continuing education opportunities.

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LifeSpire of Virginia Day is Sunday, May 5

LifeSpire of Virginia, a ministry partner of the BGAV, serves to empower individuals with choices in purposeful living. As a faith-based provider of senior living with strong ties to Virginia Baptists, LifeSpire is committed to becoming the first stop for pastors and church and community leaders seeking resources on aging. 

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Always Land on Your Feet!

I want to give some consideration to the thought of being able to always land on our feet in our decision-making processes. How do we keep our life from imploding? How do we avoid catastrophic outcomes to a decision? Is it possible? Can we develop a character or spiritual “righting reflex” so that such decisions can be made in a timely manner?

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Meet Kim Eskridge: Minister in Residence for Children’s Ministry

After working with teens in the church since 1984, I’ve seen and experienced the struggles that churches face in ministering to middle- and high-school teens. I want to take what I’ve experienced over these decades and listen to churches and then help train and equip churches and volunteers to help meet the ever-changing needs and demands of student ministry.

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Discovering the Resurrected Lord

How are you encouraging class members to share what God is doing in their lives? Mike Breen, in Building a Discipling Culture, calls these “Kairos moments.” Some prefer calling them Kingdom moments. These are moments when we stop and observe something good or bad and begin reflecting upon what God wants us to do.

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A Launch Pad into Missions

At the BCM at Virginia Tech, this is a part of our heartbeat: to be “On Mission.” We believe we are called to share the love of Jesus with others. We want to see others on our campus and around the world awakened to the truth and grace that Christ has to offer. One launching pad for students to engage in this is on a spring break missions experience.This past March we sent 36 students on mission experiences across the states and internationally.

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Easter: What’s the Big Deal?

Easter is the day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Many today live as though Jesus, his death, and his resurrection are irrelevant. Others go so far as to say that Jesus’ resurrection is a myth. While Christmas revealed to us that God is real, and that Jesus was God who became flesh, Easter celebrates the power of God to give us death-beating eternal life.

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BGAV Ministerial Scholarship Recipient: Esther Shin

Through Cooperative Missions offerings, the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) provides scholarships and ministerial education funds for eligible Virginia Baptist students who need aid in financing their education. BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds can help students earn an undergraduate degree, pursue undergraduate or graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry, or access training and continuing education opportunities.

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